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Blog entry by tat2grl posted 04-28-2008 11:49 AM 1024 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Greetings All!
Haven’t been on in awhile and I’ve missed you all so much! My illness has ventured into unimagined depths of late. I’m seeing a neurologist later this week to find out why my arms occasionally don’t cooperate as well as why I walk like a drunk chicken from time to time. Despite my worst fear (M.S) my attitude is positive and I will not quit or give up. Any and all prayers would be greatly appreciated!

Now, onto my topic. My partner, Laurie, is in my humble opinion, the greatest singer to ever grace this planet. :) I’ve been a guitar “plunker” for years, although the drums is my true talent. Recently, we pulled the guitars off the wall which he had hanging for more decoration than anything. Our kids have expressed an interest in learning how to play and I’ve done my best, on my good days, to help them. An idea occured to me…why not build my own guitar? Granted, I’m not allowed around power tools at the moment, which bugs me because a wonderful friend bought me a bandsaw at a garage sale a month or so ago. But, I can use hand tools when my body is cooperating. Does anyone have a recommendation on books, videos, DVDs, etc.? WoodCraft offers guitar-making classes from time to time and I hope to go someday, but until then I’d like to get my hands/eyes on a good reference. If my illness has taught me anything, it’s to keep having goals and never stop dreaming and scheming.

I’m now headed to the Projects page so I can admire the incredible talent on this site!! Cheers!!!! :)

-- "Creativity is...seeing something that doesn't exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God."

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#1 posted 04-28-2008 12:14 PM

I think there is a kit you can buy. I know that a kit isn’t the best thing, but with something like a guitar and power tool limits it could be a viable option. I don’t remember where I read it, but it is something I would consider. Hope this helps.

-- Berta in NC

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#2 posted 04-28-2008 01:09 PM

You might want to also drop in and say hi to Betsy, a fellow Jock who also is being given a forced hand tool odyssey. Her tenacity with learning hand tools is inspiring!

-- Eric at

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 04-28-2008 02:27 PM

Grizzly offers everything for luthiers including kits and books.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 04-28-2008 03:51 PM

We sure do feel for you in your struggle. I have a dear friend, a pastor, who is struggling with MS as well, and it’s heart-wrenching.
In terms of the guitars, you have a variety of options open to you. Your best resources will be Stewart-MacDonald ( which has instructional books, dvd’s, tools, supplies, kits, and even the lumber itself, and also Luthier’s Mercantile, ( which is competitive with Stewmac. If you want to go crazy, you can get guitar “kits” from Martin, as well, which are basically the wood (bent sides, and matched to back,) tuners, bridge & pins, and binding. If you’re ready to build and don’t need a lot of guidance, and you want to be able to tell people you bought the wood from Martin (see my dreadnaught in my projects,) then you can pay for the name instead of the education.
In terms of what you are building, I’m assuming steel-string acoustic at this point, and highly recommend “Guitarmaking:Tradition & Technology” by William Cumpiano and Jonathan Natelson.
That’s a start. Message me if you need any more help.

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#5 posted 04-28-2008 11:48 PM

A prayer for a long remission.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#6 posted 04-29-2008 04:16 PM

Thank you for your comments! I found the Stewart-MacDonald wesbsite…so many neat little trinkets there! And the book you recommend Texasgaloot, is now on my wish list at along with a highly recommended book on repair and maintainence. I still have my first electric guitar I bought decades ago and figure it would make a good guinea pig, hehe. Our daughter wants to play bass and I was thinking of making her an acoustic bass just to practice on. I currently play a Celebrity Dexlue Ovation, but the preamp inside it is not working, but no matter, its still an acoustic guitar and sounds much better since I had the truss rod adjusted and new strings put on. Don’t really know why it took me this long to combine my love of music with my absolute fascination of woodworking, but I’m glad it finally came around!

-- "Creativity is...seeing something that doesn't exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God."

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